Attention LGBT Community; Facebook Doesn't Care About What You Have to Say
According to the Gaily Grind’s article, Andrew Souvall (a Facebook spokesperson) claimed that, “We had a good discussion with the group (of drag queen activists) about their perspective on our real name standard, and we stressed how the standard helps prevent bad behavior, while creating a safer and more accountable environment… We've decided to temporarily reactivate the profiles of several hundred members of the LGBT community whose profiles were recently deactivated. This will give them the chance to decide how they’d like to represent themselves on Facebook. Over the next two weeks, we hope that they will decide to confirm their real name, change their name to their real name, or convert their profile to a Page.”
By enforcing this policy, Facebook risks eliminating the LGBT community from their social media website altogether. Facebook is meant to encourage community, friendship, and self-expression, but their real name policy is the opposite of that for those in the LGBT community whose legal name and gender don’t match their real ones.
Although Facebook was designed with the principle of uniting people, forging online communities, and encouraging interpersonal communication the fact remains that when it comes to the LGBT community online, Facebook just doesn't care.
What do you think about Facebook’s real name policy? Do you think it should be something we all need to follow, or should exceptions be made? Let us know if the comment section below.